2020 Lowell Mason Fellows
Kathleen Ohlman grew up in Arkansas and in the mission field. Her upbringing taught her to work hard, be kind and humble and to think of others, which she does to this day.
Kathy Ohlman began her career teaching band and choir at Lutheran South Academy in 1985 after completely her B.S. Ed at Concordia University. A move to Kansas City Missouri saw her teaching Grades 5-12 everything which included six separate choirs, Grades 5-12 band plus Freshman English. After finishing her M.Ed in 1995 at Concordia University in Nebraska, she began eight years of teaching at Lincoln Lutheran Middle and High School as well as two elementary schools.
Her PhD work in Curriculum Studies with an emphasis in Music Education with Dr. Glenn Nierman began in August of 2003 as a teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, followed by a senior lecturer position where she worked with practicum and student teachers.
In 2007, Kathy was hired by Doane University as an Assistant Professor of Practice in music education where she continues today. In addition to her work at Doane, she is also the Advocacy Director with the Nebraska Music Education Association. Kathy has presented sessions at various state, national and international conferences in music education and continues to stay on the cutting edge of music education today.
Kathy lives in Lincoln Nebraska close to her son and daughter, continuing the lessons she was taught as a child through her work in music education.